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Saints Strike Twice Late to Dispatch Niagara

Published: September 30, 2015

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena Soccer dominated from start to finish and scored twice in the final 13 minutes to shut out Niagara 2-0 Wednesday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Junior striker Junior Rosero and senior striker Tom Allen scored for the surging Saints which have won three straight.

Siena (3-5-2, 2-0) out-shot Niagara (1-8-1, 0-2) 21-3 and attempted all eight corners of the match. However, Purple Eagles’ goalkeeper Colin Hanley made eight saves to keep things scoreless deep into the contest.

But the Saints, which out-shot Niagara 12-0 in the second half, would finally break through. In the 78th minute a service from Allen was headed by senior captain Matt Needham towards the far post. Hanley made a diving save, but Rosero was all alone for the rebound score.

Just four minutes later, Siena would put the match out of reach. Following a failed clear, Allen blasted home his second goal in as many matches, finishing from the top of the box. Allen continues to thrive at Siena Turf Field where he’s scored a team-high 16 points during the Saints’ now 12-match home unbeaten streak (8-0-4).

The two scores were more than enough for a Siena defense which held Niagara without a shot for the final 65 minutes in recording the team’s third consecutive shutout. It marks just the third time in program history in which the Saints have posted three straight clean sheets (1995, 2014), as Siena ran its shutout streak to 288:18.

Sophomore goalkeeper Gianni Carillo needed to make just two early saves to tally his second shutout in his first three collegiate matches for the Saints which won their fourth straight over the Purple Eagles.

Siena heads on the road for the first time in conference play when they travel to defending MAAC Tournament Champion Monmouth for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday night. 

 
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